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Our Fiji tours are the perfect means to explore what lies beyond the island nation's stunning beaches and natural wonder. In the middle of the South Pacific lies an archipelago where gardens are in perpetual bloom, the seas remain calm, and the people are always friendly. It's no wonder that Fiji has earned a positive reputation as a tropical paradise with coral reefs and idyllic beaches that are postcard perfect. But beyond the natural wonders, Fiji is also a country with a fascinating mix of cultures and our Fiji cultural tours are just the way to explore how this island in relation to others in the South Pacific differ.

Of the more than 300 islands that constitute the archipelago of Fiji, only about 110...   Read More
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Our Fiji Tour Leaders


Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Our Fiji tours are the perfect means to explore what lies beyond the island nation's stunning beaches and natural wonder. In the middle of the South Pacific lies an archipelago where gardens are in perpetual bloom, the seas remain calm, and the people are always friendly. It's no wonder that Fiji has earned a positive reputation as a tropical paradise with coral reefs and idyllic beaches that are postcard perfect. But beyond the natural wonders, Fiji is also a country with a fascinating mix of cultures and our Fiji cultural tours are just the way to explore how this island in relation to others in the South Pacific differ.

Of the more than 300 islands that constitute the archipelago of Fiji, only about 110 are inhabited, with over 80 per cent of the total population residing on one of the two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Seventy percent of the population live on Viti Levu, Fiji's largest island, therefore making this the port of entry a hub for most who come to explore Fiji. Comparable in size to the Big Island of Hawaii, in the realm of the Pacific Islands, it is exceeded in size only by New Caledonia.

Nadi, Fiji serves as a transit point for most travellers but the town of Nadi was established in 1947 as a "Government Station" on the higher grounds of Nadi. Pronounced "Nandy", Fijian culture is evident immediately on arrival. The island is composed of a large tapestry of the communities, made up of ethnic groups such as the Melanesian Fijians, as well as immigrants from Chinese, Indian, and European backgrounds. Indian immigrants make up roughly one third of the Fijian population.

A highlight of the Fiji cultural tours, is to learn more about the indigenous population. Fijians within a hierarchy system over tribes, with family and the village being of utmost importance. Villages have kept many traditions alive, including the creation of crafts. Women within villages are skilled in weaving, with pandanus tree mats being used as gifts for weddings and other ceremonies. Basket weaving and coconut rope weaving is also still practiced, however, is used more functionally within everyday lives. While historically carving was of great importance to the seafaring Fijians, it lately has become something kept up for mostly touristic purposes. The most important craft of all is the Tapa, a decorative mat that is made from the bark of a mulberry tree. The tapa cloth as a craft is found across much of the South Pacific Islands, and is decorated in charcoal in intricate patterns to be used as a formal gift.

Without a doubt, the ceremony of the kava still remains visible in Fijian culture. Made from the roots of a plant, kava is thought to have sedative and euphoric traits. While drinking kava does appear in other South Pacific Island, Fiji cultural tours allow one to experience the unique style in consuming the kava. While in the ceremony, it is important to clap once, clasp the hands, take the cup, and drink the kava entirely with a single drink before returning the cup. Originally, this was only used in formal ceremonies, but kava has become a social drink that is known to strengthen ties between communities and friends alike.

Between the cosmopolitan cities of Nadi and Suva, is a garden-like country with an incredible amount of beauty as well as a strong heritage that makes Fiji a unique cultural destination within the islands of the South Pacific.